Sandra Hayen


Artist's Statement

My oil paintings are a reflection of my love for nature- God's creation and handiwork. The sheer beauty of nature beckons me to capture its ever-changing moods on canvas. Such views as a soft meadow on a spring morning, a silhouette of trees at dusk, or a meandering garden pathway draw me to interpret them in paint. Although I have worked in other mediums including pastel, colored pencil and charcoal, I now prefer to work exclusively in oil. The feel of applying paint to the canvas, the freedom of blendability, its texture and luster all contribute to the allure of oil paint. Working in stages and layers of application allows for the effects I desire.

Traditional realism to impressionism represent my painting styles. Though largely self-taught, I have been influenced greatly by studying works of the Old Masters and the American Impressionists. Visiting the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in Russia and other gallery/museums in Europe and the United States has contributed to my artistic growth.

Although I create the majority of my works in my studio, I have come to appreciate the spontaneity of plein air painting in recent years. I strive to convey a sense of beauty, sensitivity and serenity in my interpretation of nature, being pleased when others sense these feelings in my paintings. Bringing happiness to others through my work and teaching is a source of joy to me. Painting has opened a new world to me and art has become an integral part of my life. I paint because I can’t imagine not painting!

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